The Giallorossi boss provoked Lazio to respond strongly after he made comments on their win over Spezia.
of lack of respect when the Portuguese tactician claimed that their victory goal againstSpezia
should have been ruled out.
are competing to ensure they finish in the top-six in Serie A and Maurizio Sarri’s team have the same points as Roma after winning against Spezia 4-3 on Saturday. Mourinho’s men, meanwhile, lost points in a goalless draw with Bologna a day later.
Lazio grabbed an amazing victory when Francesco Acerbi flicked home in the final minute.
Ciro Immobile even found the back of the net for the 150th time in Serie A and became the 10th player to do so. Acerbi’s goals raised many speculations as it appeared offside, with Mourinho taking the aim at the decision to accept the goal. Then, Lazio decided to hit back.
"The fact that in 2022 a coach of another team repeatedly refers to presumed referee favours to competing teams demonstrates some things,"
the statement began.
"That Lazio is obsessively in their thoughts more than other coveted professional goals; that, as often happens, one looks into other people's homes to divert attention from missed results and sensational episodes that have occurred in one's own home, in one's favour, under the eyes of all.
"Despite the need to evolve the image of football in Italy, some players are stuck with the constant repetition of accusations against the referees and the VAR, [and] these offensive attitudes towards referees are too often overlooked.
"The Lazio Sports Society rejects the criticisms and insinuations. It continues to believe that values are demonstrated on the pitch and not in the television salons. Lazio will never lend itself to being anyone's alibi or scapegoat and will assert its reasons in the appropriate forums."
Lazio accused Mourinho of lacking respect for referees and other teams.
"The company's line continues to be that of not discussing the decisions taken on the pitch, even when it comes to obvious episodes that occurred to the detriment of the Biancoceleste team, such as [Sandro] Tonali's foul on Acerbi in Lazio-Milan on the occasion of the goal, or the elbow from [Roger] Ibanez on [Sergej] Milinkovic-Savic in the [Rome] derby,"
the statement continued.
"[These are] decisive episodes on which we have chosen silence, out of respect for the referees on the field and the VAR, respect that others have not shown and continue not to demonstrate."
There are three matches left and it remains to be seen what the result will be.
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